Welcome back to the third edition of our 2020 survival series! For today’s installment, we interviewed Ruba Ismail, a public health professional and advocate living in Beirut, Lebanon.
2020 was one of the hardest years she’s ever experienced
Like many of us, Ruba shared that 2020 was one of the hardest years she’s ever experienced, and that having a concrete social network was key in surviving throughout it all (even if it was through Zoom). She explains that “sharing my concerns, activities, anxieties, and even happier thoughts, was a two-way support that made me feel better in these tough times.”
Having an established work routine in the midst of all the quarantine uncertainty also helped in grounding her in some form of normalcy in a very surreal year. Walking, reading, and watching movies have also helped Ruba clear her mind and “detach from reality,” with Sweet Home Alabama, Something’s Gotta Give, and The Holiday being some of her mind-free movie recommendations.
2020 taught her the importance of taking care of your mental health and wellbeing
In wrapping up our conversation, Ruba shared that 2020 taught her the importance of taking care of your mental health and wellbeing. It taught her to “be humble and appreciative of the blessings in my life. To never take anything for granted,” and to “appreciate all the friends I have, my family, and my health.”
Gratitude is a core pillar in what Ruba’s learned throughout a year that showed us all how much tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. So make use of your day to check in on your friends, family, and yourself, and to express the love and appreciation for all those around you. It sure helped Ruba.
Ruba's 2020 Survival Packet
If you’d like to try out some of Ruba’s 2020 survival packet we recommend:
Giving your friends, parents, or partners a big hug
Going for a walk and getting some fresh air
Downloading Bingie for all your movie watching and discussion desires